Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Baking to You!

In case you are in the mood for some last-minute holiday baking, I must share with you this most wonderful of breads. My favorite!

Orange-Cranberry Bread

From The Great Holiday Baking Book
by Beatrice Ojakangas
(a wonderful treasure!)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
¾ cup orange juice
1 cup halved fresh cranberries or ½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour one 8 ½ x 4 ½-inch or three 5 ¾ x 3 ½-inch loaf pans.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the butter, egg, and orange zest and juice all at once, stirring just until the mixture is evenly moist. Fold in the cranberries and nuts. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan or pans.

Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes for the large loaf, or 50 to 55 minutes for the smaller loaves, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool

Makes 1 large or 3 small loaves

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Connie said...

Thanks for the bread recipe. It is so yummy. The picture of your Wyoming weeds is so homey and cozy, it reminds me of my mother's bouquets. Just beautiful.

Margo said...

I needed a bread suggestion - thank you!
And I have the greeting card that you posted last - the last picture - and I LOVE IT. So pretty and timeless and simple.

Nadine said...

Your home looks so lovely dressed-up for the Christmas season!

Thank you for sharing the bread recipe, I will be giving it a try...it looks delicious!

Merry Christmas!


Leah said...

I am thrilled to see that Greta Rosie is using her water letters and numbers! I am also very thrilled to see you using your little metal holder. :D I love all of your pictures!! Happy wintry days. :)

Natalie said...

Your Christmas decorations are lovely!

Gail said...

Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family! We bought the ingredients when we went into town yesterday to maje this bread for CHRISTmas. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Blessings from Kansas! Gail

Julian said...

looks yummy! Blessings on the new babe being awaited, and blessings on you and your family this year!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love the coziness of your home...beauty all around.

Dandelionmom said...

Just spotted the new ticker!! CONGRATS!!!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I just spotted the ticker too! :) Wonderful news!

I was wondering if this were the case as you were not posting as often and early pregnancy can be so tiring...

Congratulations! I think your wee girl will be a sweet big sissy!